Physical Science Scholarships

Here are some of the Physical Science scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship

Deadline June 1st every year. To enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. The fellowship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000 (applicants can apply in a subsequent year for one additional year of support). Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees. Overhead charges by the institution are not allowed. Eligibility & Selection Criteria Applicants must: Currently be a citizen, legal resident, or resident alien of the United States or Canada. Have completed work toward a PhD. Provide written proof from a U.S. or Canadian institution that the applicant will have institutional affiliation during the tenure of the grant. Institutional affiliation at the time of application is not necessary. In selecting fellowship recipients, the following criteria will be considered: Qualifications of applicant, Status of career before break, Steps the applicant has taken to return to physics research, Relationship of the applicant to the research community, Relationship of project and award to future plans, Scholarly significance of the project, Quality and feasibility of the project design and timeline.

AT&T Fellowships for Minorities and Women

Undergraduate summer research and graduate fellowships. Underrepresented minorities and women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are majoring in engineering, math, ICS or a physical science, and who want to pursue the Ph.D. in one of these fields are eligible. Also for students majoring in Physical Science.

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowships

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship program was created to support graduate research studies in Microwave Engineering. Prize: US$5,000 each. Funded by the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Eligibility: Graduate student wishing to pursue graduate degree in microwave engineering on a full-time basis from a reputable institution of higher education. Both the student and faculty member must be a member of MTT-S. Basis for judging: High academic achievement in engineering or physics curriculum; demonstration of significant ability to perform independent research; demonstration of previous excellence in academics through awards and prizes; two (2) letters of recommendation. Deadline: 30 November (annually)

SNMTS Susan C. Weiss Clinical Advancement Scholarship

Description In honor of Susan C. Weiss, SNMTS Past-President & former Executive Director of the Education and Research Foundation for SNM, the SNMTS Susan C. Weiss Clinical Advancement Scholarships serve to support certified nuclear medicine technologists (CNMTs) who are pursuing clinical advancement through didactic educational programs. This scholarship is made possible through a grant from the Education and Research Foundation for SNM. Requirements: To be eligible for the SNMTS Clinical Advancement Scholarship, candidates must: • Demonstrate financial need. • Be currently enrolled in a didactic educational program(s) (ex. CT, MR, DEXA, EKG, tomography, sonography, exercise pysiology, physics, statistics,) which is/are college/continuing education credit eligible. • Complete the said class or program. It is not required that class/program completion results in a degree. • Be a member of the SNMTS. Serious applicants only, please. Questions regarding eligibility requirements or application contents should be directed to Nicole Mitchell, Program Manager, at or by calling 1.703.652.6795.

Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships

The GRO fellowship program helps build capacity in universities with limited funding for research by awarding fellowships in environmental fields to students entering their last two years of full time study before obtaining their first bachelor’s degree (i.e. college sophomores). Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in an environmentally-related field, such as physics, biology, health, the social sciences, and engineering. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmental fields. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. Applications for fellowships offered for a particular year generally are announced in August of the previous year and must be submitted by December of the previous year. To be eligible for the fellowship, undergraduates must meet the following criteria: Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include a green card number in the application. Before a fellowship is awarded, the residency status of all aliens will be confirmed with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services. Must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in an environmentally related field of specialization. Have at least a “B” average (3.0 or better). Have two full-time years of study remaining before receiving a Bachelor’s degree. Must attend a four-year accredited institution full time, or a two-year accredited institution with plans to attend a four-year institution following graduation. Furthermore, the four-year institution must be a U.S. academic institution which receives less than $35 million in Federal Research and Development expenditures (see the National Science Foundation's publication "Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2008," Table 12 column 2). Institutions identified as receiving a $35 million or less in annual federal research and development funding, as designated in column 2 of Table 12, are eligible, including those accredited institutions not listed. These data can be found at Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 2008 (PDF) (309 pp, 1.74 MB about PDF), Table 12, pp. 37 – 64. Note that not all of these schools receive less than $35 million. Consult the NSF Report specified above to see if you school is eligible. See website for more information

William C. Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program

Foster Fellows must be citizens of the United States, on the faculty of a recognized institution of higher learning, and tenured or on a tenure track or equivalent; they also must have served as a permanent career employee of the institution for at least ninety days before selection for the program. The Department of State is an equal opportunity employer. Selections will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical handicap that does not interfere with the performance of duties. Prior to appointment, applicants will be subject to a full-field background security investigation for a Top Secret security clearance. Candidates will not be extended a formal offer of appointment until a security clearance has been granted and all other requirements have been met. This procedure can take up to six months. Visiting scholars will also be subject to applicable Federal conflict of interest laws and standards of conduct.

American Society of Naval Engineers Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in one of the following areas of study: Architecture, marine, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, ocean, electrical and electronic engineering, and physical sciences. 2. Must be entering their last year. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Horizons Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part-time. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status (60 credits). 2. Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security. 3. Demonstrate financial need. 4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.25. 5. Be a U.S. Citizen. The Foundation focuses on the following preferred fields of study for awarding scholarships: Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Business, Law, International Relations, Political Science, Operations Research, Economics. Other fields of study will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Recipients of past awards are not restricted from reapplying for future financial assistance.

Max J. Fowler Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to help people of all ages to complete a four year degree who are accepted and enrolled at NC State University in the College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences or Engineering. The applicant must be a resident of Gaston or Cleveland counties. Criteria for selection includes: community service, school performance, class ranking, interest in the arts and financial need.

Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Scholarship

Scholarships of $2,500 are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists and National Guard personnel of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations. Candidates must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at accredited two- or four-year institutions in the United States. Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible. Scholarships will be available for the fall and spring semesters. Eligibility: Applications are requested from U.S. Armed Forces and National Guard personnel either currently on active-duty or honorably discharged veterans or reservists who have served in either Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom. Applicants must be currently enrolled and attending either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. Students may also be enrolled in an accredited distance-learning or online degree program affiliated with a major, accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States. Applications will be accepted from qualified sophomores and juniors, and senior undergraduate students enrolled either part-time or full-time in an eligible degree program. Candidates must be majoring in the following or related fields: electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering; computer engineering technology; computer information systems; information systems management; computer science; physics; mathematics; or science or mathematics education. Majors directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence or homeland security enterprises with relevance to the mission of AFCEA will also be eligible. No minimum GPA requirement. Primary factors considered in the selection process are demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and financial need. A copy of either a Certificate of Service or Discharge Form DD214 will be required. Important: In addition to the online application, other required documents include: current transcript issued by the school Registrar's Office and at least two letters of recommendation from relevant faculty. Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers as part of the on-line application process - please do not mail separately. Letters will be addressed to: Mr. Fred H. Rainbow Vice President and Executive Director AFCEA Educational Foundation 4400 Fair Lakes Court Fairfax, VA 22033 An official transcript reflecting all college-level study will also be required by the deadline date - electronic submission preferred. If electronic submission is not possible, please send official document to the AFCEA address listed above to arrive by the deadline date.

Ford Fndn Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities

Open to United States citizens who are members of one or more of the following ethnic minority groups: Alaskan Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), Native Americans, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian or Micronesian), and Puerto Ricans. Awards are made only for study in research-based doctoral programs (PhD or ScD) that lead to an academc career in teaching and research in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, and life sciences. Intended for students who are at or near the beginning of their doctoral study. GRE General Test scores are required from tests taken since October 1, 1993. Awards will not be made for work leading to degrees in practice-based disciplines. Persons who have already earned a doctiral degree are not eligible to apply.

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